Do you have a tooth causing an extreme amount of pain?
Do you have a wisdom tooth that is crowding your other teeth and causing you discomfort?
Have you already discussed options for saving your tooth with your dentist and simply can't afford it?
Perhaps you're just not interested in keeping the tooth. If so, Southfield Family Dental Center can extract or remove it for you.
A tooth that is severely damaged may need to be removed. A dentist or oral surgeon can remove it for you. Before removing your tooth, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed.
After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. You can gently bite down on a cotton gauze pad placed over the wound to help stop the bleeding. The removed tooth can be replaced with an implant, a denture, or a bridge.
After your recovery period, you may need to return to your dentist office to have your stitches removed. Some stitches dissolve over time, and some have to be removed after a few days. Your dentist will tell you whether your stitches need to be removed.
What To Expect After Surgery
In most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days. The following will help speed recovery:
- Take painkillers as prescribed by your dentist or oral surgeon.
- After 24 hours, rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Make your own salt water by mixing1 tsp (5 g) of salt in a medium-sized glass [8 fl oz (237 mL)] of warm water.
- Change gauze pads before they become soaked with blood.
- Relax after surgery. Physical activity may increase bleeding.
- Avoid smoking.
- Eat soft foods, such as gelatin, pudding, or a thin soup. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as healing progresses.
- Do not lie flat. This may prolong bleeding. Prop up your head with pillows.
- Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue.
- Continue to carefully brush your teeth and tongue.
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